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Indoor Live Plant Mold Problems

        Q. I live in an apartment directly facing the ocean, I have houseplants, and I have mold on the ceiling and walls in two rooms.  My landlord claims that the reason I have mold is that I have plants in my apartment--I have had indoor plants for 20+ years and have not had a mold problem.  I live in a high humidity area and do not have air conditioning in my apartment (have a great breeze from the ocean when its balmy). I have lived in this apartment for 3 years and each year the mold has become worse--the first 2 years I cleaned it with bleach,  this year I have so much that it is impossible to clean it with bleach.  The two worst rooms are the rooms in which I have plants, and also they are the rooms in which I leave the windows open all summer (I live on the 7th floor and leave the windows open 24 hours a day unless it rains).  I can tell you that by the end of the summer (2004) I got rid of most of my plants to satisfy my landlord.  Could you please advise me if my houseplants could possibly be the sole reason I have a mold problem. [Jan. 31, 2005]
        A. Indoor houseplants are a serious source of indoor mold growth because of the watering of the plants increasing indoor humidity and because mold species love to live on plants, thus making each plant into a factory producing airborne mold spores to mold cross contaminate your apartment. Even without plants, living close to the ocean is going to mean high humidity and very likely mold growth. You should use a digital hygrometer to check your indoor humidity level. You can buy one from a large hardware or home improvement store. If the indoor humidity exceeds 50 to 60%, you have invited mold to be a permanent guest in your apartment. Use a programmable dehumidifier to keep indoor humidity to a mold-discouraging 30 to 40%. Of course, because your home has open windows in view of the lack of air conditioning, the dehumidifier may have to run continually and you might need more than one unit. You also need to check out whether the apartment has any water leaks that might be the primary or secondary cause for the mold growth. Follow mold inspection procedures. As far as the present mold growth, learn the 25 steps for safe and effective mold remediation.

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We have a house built in the 1960s in the Dallas Ft. Worth area. We have a red brick fireplace, on which we placed some houseplants for a while. We soon noticed one of the climbing vine houseplants had a fluffy white mold growing atop it's "climbing pole." We've noticed that the surface of some of the bricks were covered with a white powder, and unfortunately doused the bricks with bleach after removing the plants. This caused a fluffy white overgrowth that was much worse than the first. What kind of mold does this sound like, and can we just treat the bricks with a fungicide, or do we need to remove the entire fireplace? We will be checking in the area where the roof meets the fireplace for a suspected leak. Thank you for your help. My mother suffers from sinus problems, and I suffer from asthma, and both of us have low immune function.
        A. As you now know, it is unwise to have indoor live plants growing if you want to prevent mold problems in your home. You can use a low-cost Mold Home Remedy Recipes available at Mold Mart. You are wise to carefully check your roof for water leaks in the fireplace area. Because of your family's serious mold health symptoms, you would also be wise to mold-test your entire house with do it yourself mold test kits. Mold test the air of each room, basement, attic, crawl space, garage, and the outward air flow from each heating/cooling duct register for the possibility of elevated levels of airborne mold spores, in comparison to your outdoor mold control test. 
 

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